Fairs & Festivals India Tours
Sights, Sounds & Sensations of the festivities in India
Known all over the world for its cultural diversity, India is a host to innumerable Fairs and Festivals. In a land of cultural and geographical diversities one gets to enjoy and experience wide varieties of cultures, fairs and festivals and India is the epitome of such experiences. A country where after every hundred kilometer you are embraced by a new cultural identity one gets to enjoy diverse backgrounds, beliefs and heritage. These fairs and festivals are part of the intrinsic cultural fabric of our society as well as a continuation of our heritage.
India is famous for a lot of things around the world from yoga to its diversity from its travel destinations to its rich past but one thing that this country is better at doing than most is celebrating festivals, lots of festivals. A country with diverse religious and cultural backgrounds India as a nation gets to celebrate festivals of different types, tastes and colors and that is what makes festivities in this country so special to experience.
Holi is representative of India’s essence and vibrancy. The beautiful cultural festival celebrated with colours and water in the month of March. People come out and play with colours and water in the spirit of joy. Among the famous places to celebrate Holi in India, Mathura, Vrindavan, and Dwarka.
Often cited as “festival of all festivals”, The Hornbill Festival is a grand celebration that is brought to life each year in Nagaland. The festival is gritting in its element and a powerful representation of the Naga culture through splendid traditional music, dance and performances.
The beginning of perhaps the happiest point in a calendar year in India, Durga Puja – celebrated over nine days and Dussehra are twin Indian festivals that bring loads of joy to the people here. Durga Puja in Bengal is known worldwide for the celebrations and Kolkata is the best city to experience the charm of this amazing religious festival in India.
Pushkar Camel Fair
Arguably the biggest fair in the state of Rajasthan and one of the biggest livestock fairs in the world, Pushkar Mela is a fascinating coming together of the nomadic culture. It is primarily a place where the buying and selling of camels and livestock takes place. Highlights include events like ‘bridal games’ and ‘longest moustache.
The biggest gathering of human beings on the planet at a particular place every three years, that pretty much sums up Kumbh Mela. Hindus from all over the world come to take a dip in the holy river and listen to sermons from the various sadhus. It attracts visitors, media, filmmakers, writers and the common curious onlookers from the world over.
Diwali is one of the most widely celebrated cultural festivals in India. It marks the home coming of Lord Ram from his exile. The festival sees households decorated in beautiful with diyas. In the evening there is a grand puja of Goddess Laxmi the harbinger of wealth with crackers burnt after it to mark the end of the festival.
Snake Boat Race
Celebrated every year on the second Saturday of the month of August, the boat race in Kerala is a famous festival celebrated in the backwater town of Allapuzha in the Punnamada Lake. The festival sees beautifully crafted boats of different shapes and sizes compete for prize money with the main attraction being the snake boat race.
In the amidst the cold deserts of Ladakh is held a festival of colors & worship, the Hemis Festival. It takes place to commemorate the death of Swami Padmasambhava & is a great place to understand the culture of Ladakh. The festival’s highlight is the masked dance performed by lamas who dress in colorful costumes & wear dragon masks.
The Ganesh festival is Mumbai’s most colourful and action-packed event, with celebrations and processions all over the city. For ten days, the city welcomes and honours the Elephant God, with prayers, dance and music. At the end of the festival, idols are immersed in the sea.
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